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Join Us for Our 2020 Annual Convention, Celebrating 100 Years!

TO:                  National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota members and friends

FROM:            Ryan Strunk, President

SUBJECT:      2020 Annual Convention (Celebrating our 100th Anniversary!)

DATE:            August 11, 2020

We of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota are delighted to announce plans for our 100th annual state convention. We also encourage you to renew your annual membership in the NFB of Minnesota if you have not done so already (and thank you to everyone who has already renewed!)

When and Where:

The two-and-a-half-day convention will be held from November 6-8, 2020. We will convene virtually this year because of the pandemic, so you can participate from the comfort of your own home, or anywhere you like. This year we are pleased to have as our national representative Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind.

Registration:

Everyone who registers for the convention will be eligible for door prizes and will receive some not-to-be-missed special commemorative items to celebrate the 100 years since the founding of our organization. Registration costs just $10 (no meal costs this year!). Please register Online as soon as possible but no later than October 6.

Membership Dues:

If you have not yet paid your $5.00 membership dues for the year ending December 31, 2021, you may do so online along with your registration. Only members may vote on our policies or in our elections, so don't miss your chance to be part of shaping our movement.

Convention Activities:

The convention will be filled with as much information, community, and fun as ever. Some of our typical events will be conducted in modified form this year, and there will be many special surprises to celebrate our history, our future, and our positive message about blindness. There will still be an auction, as well as division and committee meetings, resolutions, conversation with government officials, thought-provoking presentations and discussions, and times for just having fun! The banquet will be virtual, but it will still include an exciting program featuring an inspiring address from our national representative, President Mark Riccobono. This year the positions of Vice President, Treasurer, and two board members will be up for election. Stay tuned for complete details about the schedule.

T-Shirt:

The Minnesota Association of Blind Students (MNABS), a proud division of the National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota, offers a commemorative 100th anniversary t-shirt for $20; proceeds will benefit the work of MNABS. If you'd like to purchase a t-shirt, include payment with your registration, and indicate your shirt size on the form. You will receive your shirt before the start of the convention. Please register in plenty of time to beat the October 6th registration cut-off.

Requests for Accommodations Based on Disability

The convention is designed and implemented to be accessible especially to blind people in that materials are offered in accessible formats and other nonvisual aids are provided (therefore special requests for these items are not required). If you need specific accommodations based on your disability other than the blindness-related accommodations mentioned above in order to participate fully and equally in the convention, we urge you to let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing President Ryan Strunk. Due to the size and complexity of this convention, as well as the need to appropriately plan for additional human and other resources, requests for specific accommodations must be submitted no later than Friday, October 23.

Small receivers are available for the hearing impaired to receive direct transmissions from the public address system. For those who may be totally deaf and use a deaf-blind communication device for interpreting, volunteers are present to translate the general session and the banquet proceedings. The Deaf-Blind Division also holds a seminar and a business meeting during convention.

One More Thing:

Our convention each year is an opportunity for the blind of our state to come together for a common cause, to educate ourselves and others, and to strengthen our bonds of friendship.  We will share public services and other resources for the blind, exchange ideas, and formulate plans and policies for the coming year. Please come to the virtual convention and be part of our celebration of 100 years and counting!

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